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campaign money can only be used on “litigation expenses where the candidate/ officeholder was the defendant and the litigation arose directly from campaign activity or the candidate’s status as a candidate.” In other words, the campaign funds could only be used to pay lawyers when Warnock was in the political arena, not when he was simply a citizen.
“If Warnock is using campaign money to pay for a lawsuit that predates his running for office, then by definition it existed irrespective of his candidacy and would be impermissible to use campaign funds on,” Republican attorney Charlie Spies contended to Politico, later adding: “I don’t think his donors are giving for him to fund personal lawsuits.”
Warnock is still responsible for his actions and his past needs to be brought to light rather than swept beneath the rug.